Michelle Obama told D.C. schoolkids that she didn't let being told "You talk like a white girl" prevent her from trying to do well at school -- and now Democrat and feminist leader turned right-wing attack dog Tammy Bruce has gone ballistic, calling the first lady (or both Obamas) "trash." I want to point out (see below) that this fits right into a Bruce pattern of gutter-level attacks on black people.
Media Matters and the Huffington Post have the audio clip of the current attack:
BRUCE: It's all about her....
BRUCE: What a shame. That must've just ruined her damn day. "I wanted the A for myself, and I wanted to do it, and ooh, they said you sounded like a white person, I don't know what that means, but uhh." Huh?
Man, oh, man. That's who he's married to, what does that tell you? This is what we've got -- you know what we've got? We've got trash in the White House. Trash is a, is a thing that is color blind, it can cross all eco -- ecosocionomic kind of categories, you can work on Wall Street or work at the Wal-Mart. Trash are people who use other people to get things, who patronize others, who consider you bitter and clingy.
Bob Somerby saw the pattern years ago:
... In 1989, Bruce, then 27, became head of the Los Angeles branch of NOW. But she was forced from her post in 1996 -- canned for making racially naughty remarks about the O.J. Simpson case. On December 7, 1995, Marc Lacey gave an overview in the Los Angeles Times. "Bruce was quoted in an Associated Press report as saying she did not want to discuss the O.J. Simpson case on a TV program because she did not want ‘to argue with a bunch of black women,'" Lacey wrote. "Bruce also said her domestic violence message provided ‘a needed break from all that talk of racism.'" ...
Bruce made news again in the summer of 1998, when she was canned as a radio host at L.A.'s KFI -- for making racially naughty remarks! On July 8, Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, published an op-ed in USA Today. One day earlier, 19-year-old Ukrainian immigrant Mikail Markhasev had been found guilty of murdering the Cosbys' son, Ennis. "I believe America taught our son’s killer to hate African Americans," Camille Cosby wrote, citing a racial remark by Markhasev and his previous criminal assault on an African-American. After reading Cosby's column, T-Bruce swung into action. Six weeks later, KFI program director David Hall apologized for Bruce’s remarks. Judith Michaelson described the action in the Los Angeles Times:
...MICHAELSON: "Specifically," Hall said, "Mrs. Cosby was characterized as 'incredibly unstable, crazy, paranoid, delusional, just nuts' and the like. It was suggested that Mrs. Cosby seek therapy. We had no information about Mrs. Cosby's mental health...We wish to apologize.
"Similarly, in challenging Mrs. Cosby's assertion that her son's killing was racially motivated, we suggested that Mrs. Cosby caused her son's death by giving him access to an expensive car. Those comments were remarkably insensitive...Ours were cruel statements to make to parents whose son had recently been murdered."
As for Bill Cosby, Hall said statements by Bruce about him were "false, offensive and unnecessarily hurtful. And they too need to be retracted." Hall cited "our statements" that Cosby had "multiple illegitimate children as a result of multiple extramarital affairs with white women," and another that he "secretly funded the criminal defense of O.J. Simpson."
...Bruce began to re-emerge in 2001 with her incoherent book, The New Thought Police. ... by page 18, she had trashed both Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, [saying that] King and Parks did show their "preference for deceit in the pursuit of power" ... More specifically, Rosa Parks had "pushed us into the maze of Thought Police totalitarianism that we face today." ...
My only regret about the recent attempts to focus anger on Rush Limbaugh is that he's been singled out while other sick, evil crazies and hatemongers -- Bruce, Michael Savage, Glenn Beck -- continue to be ignored by the public at large. Please, shine a spotlight on the whole damn disgusting lot of 'em.